Ricketts Defends Whitmore’s Dismissal as Reggae Boyz Head Coach


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President of the Jamaica Soccer Federation (JFF) Michael Ricketts has defended the choice of the executives of the native governing physique to sack Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore Whitmore.

In response to Ricketts, the executives had no selection however to behave on the advice of the JFF’s Technical Committee led by Rudolph Speid based mostly on the present state of affairs as regards the Senior Males’s Nationwide group.

Whitmore was relieved of his duties with speedy impact yesterday morning along with his assistant and former Reggae Boy Paul Corridor being appointed to take cost till the tip of the World Cup qualifying marketing campaign.

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“You decide a coach’s efficiency based mostly on outcomes and having gotten seven factors from a doable 24, which represents about 30 per cent, definitely that’s a failing grade,” Ricketts advised a youtube channel.

“Simply once we would have invested so closely in our Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying programme; I feel that the outcomes, the numbers received’t lie and based mostly on the assessment that was finished by the technical committee and was submitted to us, the advice that was made to us it was inevitable and like I’ve mentioned we don’t gloat when we’ve got to make these selections however within the nation’s curiosity we actually had no choices,” Ricketts added.

“The manager committee met, regarded on the suggestion that was made by the technical committee and we made this choice, however this was by no means a private factor, it’s within the curiosity of our nation and positively we will’t do the identical factor and get totally different outcomes, so we determined that we’re going to do some issues in a different way and hope that we get some totally different outcomes.”

Jamaica at present lie in sixth place within the eight-team factors standings with seven factors.  The group is being led by Canada on 16, forward of the US on 15, Mexico on 14, identical as Panama, however with a greater purpose distinction. Costa Rica are subsequent with 9 factors, with El Salvador in seventh place on six factors and Honduras on the foot of the desk on three factors. Every group has performed eight video games with six remaining with ninth-round slated for January 27, 2022.

Requested if it was the time proper to make the change, Ricketts thought it was.  “Completely, I feel we nonetheless do have an opportunity, we’ve been pushed on the again foot, so to talk, however we nonetheless do have an actual likelihood. We’ve 4 residence video games and if we will get most factors from these then we’d have garnered 12 along with seven we’ve got. If we will beat Panama in Panama and that’s going to be a vital and important sport, then definitely we may nonetheless discover ourselves in severe rivalry.”

The JFF Technical Committee had voted 5-2 to suggest sacking Whitmore following Jamaica’s 1-1 consequence with the US inside Kingston Nationwide Stadium on November 16.

Yesterday the chief accepted the advice and notified Whitmore of the choice. The matter will now be taken to the board of administrators subsequent week Saturday for ratification.

Corridor, a member of the Reggae Boyz facet that certified for the 1998 World Cup in France, joined the Reggae Boyz group as an assistant coach in June simply forward of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The JFF expressed its gratitude to Whitmore for his providers.  “The JFF needs to thank Mr Whitmore for (the) work that he has put in with the group over time,” the discharge acknowledged.

In the meantime, the governing physique has appointed veteran coach Vin Blaine as interim head coach of the ladies’s nationwide group.

“Blaine is vastly skilled, having served as head coach of mentioned aggregation for an prolonged interval.  He’s tasked with getting ready and guiding the group all through the Ladies’s World Cup Qualifiers which begins in February,” the JFF mentioned.

Blaine’s appointment comes after the JFF provisionally suspended head coach Hubert Busby following the current allegation of sexual misconduct.

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